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UGA’s Terry College of Business climbs to 36th in BusinessWeek survey of top MBA programs

Athens, Ga. – The full-time MBA program at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business is ranked 36th nationally and 15th among public business schools by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. It is Terry’s best-ever numeric ranking in BusinessWeek’s biennial survey of the top graduate programs in business.

Strongly positive survey responses from corporate recruiters propelled Terry’s climb in the 2010 ranking. BusinessWeek’s corporate poll comprises 45 percent of a business school’s total score. Recruiters were asked in a survey to rate the top 20 programs based on the perceived quality of graduates and their company’s experience with previous and recent MBA hires. Terry ranked 10th nationally in the corporate poll; the only public business school rated higher was the University of Michigan.

“The trend in what recruiters are saying about us is very good, because our corporate poll score isn’t just how recruiters responded this year. Our total score for this measure combines the 2010 corporate survey results with the 2008 and 2006 recruiter surveys,” said Robert Sumichrast, dean of the Terry College. “During the economic downturn and in the recovery, we have been committing more resources and attention to the early career successes of our graduates. That has included expanding the staff in the Career Management Center, and their hard work on behalf of MBA students is paying off.”

“We have a strong focus on corporate relations right now and will maintain that focus,” said Richard Daniels, Terry’s director of MBA programs. “About 95 percent of our students secured internships this past summer, and the quality and number of full-time job offers that this year’s graduating students have received is up substantially from a year ago.”

Bloomberg Businessweek’s ranking of full-time MBA programs is based on three elements: the corporate recruiter poll (45%), a survey of newly graduated MBAs (45%), and an evaluation of faculty research output (10%). The MBA survey measures satisfaction with all aspects of the business school experience and is combined with the two previous MBA surveys, similar to the corporate poll.

To measure research output, Bloomberg Businessweek tallies the number of articles published by each school’s faculty in top 20 journals and reviews of their books in three national publications. The total for faculty size then is adjusted and an intellectual-capital rating is assigned for each school.

“The Best B-Schools” is featured in the Nov. 15-21, 2010 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek. To view the full ranking, see For more information about the full-time MBA program at the Terry College of Business, see